The Pillars of the Earth, a novel about the construction of a cathedral in twelfth century England, is still probably the author’s best known work, subsequently also being successfully dramatised by the BBC. There have already been two sequels to that book, and now we have a prequel. The story concentrates on the intertwined lives of three disparate main characters that become inexorably linked as the plot progresses from the end of the Dark Ages to the dawn of the Middle Ages. The narrative fits in seamlessly with that created in The Pillars of the Earth, featuring a generous helping of history, treachery and jealousy, along with a bit of romance in the air. The author has lost none of his ability to craft a compelling tale, and there’s always the temptation late at night to read one more page, which inevitably turns into one more chapter. All in all, this book provides exactly what you would want and expect from a Ken Follett novel – an escape from the present worrying times into a different world.
Length of Read:Epic
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Historical sagas, the other novels in this mini-series.
One thing you’ve learned
Any man who chooses Willie Dixon as his non-literary hero is alright with me!